From Chicago Film Archives' Jack Behrend Collection, 1984, 16mm.
Footage of a combat zone, the landscape barren and repeatedly torn apart by explosions. Includes various army vehicles in action, with tanks and fighter jets discharging their weapons. There are numerous takes, with some footage repeating. The filmmaker and particulars behind this film are unknown.
February 26, 2013 Subject:
Does anyone know how to download this? I can't seem to find the usual places to do it....
May 1, 2012 Subject:
Soviet War Game
This appears to be Soviet war game footage. This was pretty typical of the Soviet Union -- they staged massive war games -- and would be broadcast within the USSR and Warsaw Pact as a propaganda device to showcase the skills of its combined arms forces. If I had to guess, I would guess that it was filmed while being broadcast on Soviet television.
The vaguely "Arab" looking troops we see in the armored vehicles are very likely Central Asian soldiers who, by the mid-1980s, were being conscripted at comparatively higher rates than European Soviets, who had brought draft evasion to a high art.
Indicators: 1) at 0:10, a PT-76 amphibious tank emerges from the sea, and before it passes the camera we see a Soviet naval infantry flag painted on the side of the hull;
2) at 2:11, we see transport helicopters crossing right to left and observers in the foreground -- the officers are wearing service hats and uniforms rather than helmets and field gear, indicating they are not in combat;